The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy By Sam Maggs
Publication Date: 12 May 2015 By Quirk Books
Disclaimer: I received a review copy c/o the publisher via Netgalley.
Summary: Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom.
With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.
Firstly, I’m so glad this book exists. I love the illustrations, the content, the fangirl-y-ness of it all! We live in the age of the Internet (and Tumblr) and we’re met with different terminologies and different people of varied interests. What makes this book so special is how empowering it is. It tells you that it’s okay to like comics or write fanfiction — and its absolutely okay if you’re a female geek.
The Fangirl’s Guide is exactly what it is: it compiles a bunch of fanfiction terminologies, cons to go to, books and more. There’s also a bunch of interviews from fellow girl geeks! The Fangirl’s Guide is certainly an interesting take on fangirls / female geeks in a typically male-dominated world. Its nice to see that there is a book out there that understands me; it made me feel less alone and more empowered by how awesome this community of fangirls is.
I really really loved this entire book and I will definitely get my hands on an actual copy. The only thing that I felt I couldn’t relate to were the cons, because they’re all situated in America etc. where I’ve never been or live, so they’re not quite applicable to me. Nevertheless, The Fangirl’s Guide is a great book. Its something that we all can relate to one way or another, and even though it isn’t exactly new, you’ll still enjoy it (and perhaps still learn a thing or two — I know I did!).
One for the coffee tables and shelves, for sure!